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Published on May 5, 2016
Abstract: "Metaphysicians typically distinguish sharply between types of dependence relation: causation on the one hand and grounding (also called metaphysical explanation, or metaphysical dependence) on the other. But there is no consensus, nor much direct discussion, of how to draw this distinction between types of dependence. I make a simple demarcation proposal in terms of modal strength, and apply it in an attempt to cast some light on the status of emergent spacetime structure." In terms of technical difficulty, this talk rates 2/5